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Question by yooperzb. Uploaded on September 13, 2010
German Shorthaired Pointer and I got to find a boy friend for my GSP!
While others have claimed success with pointing dogs, it has been my experience that ruffed grouse will not sit tight for pointers, at least in the northeastern states. Maybe somewhere in Canada, where they may be a bit more tame.
You will be hard pressed to find a bird that will hold for a pointer here in Maine. The best dog that I have ever had on Maine grouse is a Brittany spaniel. This is a flushing dog and very easy to train and durable for a full days hunt. The Brittany is also a very loyal and wonderful house dog. I miss mine terribly.
Those Grouse in Alaska, just walk up about 8 feet and shotem in the head with a 22 pistol!
Clay, That's exactly what I found in Alberta, Canada. Hard to believe it was the same species of bird.
Shorthairs work fine in the Michigan popples, just most any other pointer. But most of my friends use setters. I prefer the dogs that stay close. Some of the field trial dogs get so far out it takes awhile to find them.
Flushers are nice but you have to keep them close and pay a lot more attention.
I use my Lab to retrieve downed birds, which can otherwise be tricky to find. In the Northeast they dont hold for point and you are on yoru own until you shoot one...At least you need a dog to stay in close and be obedient without a lot of noise. You can't hunt these forest ghosts banging pots and pans.
IMHO~~ I have hunted Grouse in the North East meny
Moons ago, I hade Brittanys,springer Spaniels,
Good dogs ,the best are the American Water Spaniel
bare non the best, thay work close and last all day.
IMHO~~ the Ruffe Grouse is the best eaten bird of all.
Friend of mine tolerates my crappy shotgun skills and takes me grouse hunting every now and again and he has a brace of GSH's that, to my untrained eye, seem to be the real deal.
A GSP will do what you need for Grouse. They can stay in close or can run big with the best of them. Most are good house dogs, too. I know mine is. And for the record, Brittany's are pointing dogs, not flushers.
my lab has always done great for grouse hunting and he will hunt anything else i go after. very versatile.
I have had nothing but good experiences with Weims!! Amazingly smart dogs. If you can handle the hyperness of them while they are young, you will find them to be very loyal and smart dogs. They will work very hard to impress you.
My cousin has two GSH's, both female. They are excellent grouse and woodcock dogs when they've received proper training.
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